The Players lived up to the expectation of many golfing fans and provided excitement and entertainment on the final day. 72 holes could not separate the field with Rickie Fowler, Sergio Garcia and Kevin Kisner tied for the lead at 12 under par.
Rickie Fowler had held the lead after closing off his final day with an amazing 6 under par through his final 6 holes. The talented american showed his quality by finishing birdie-par-birdie-eagle-birdie-birdie. A recent poll has shown that many of his peers see Fowler as an underachiever, a title which Garcia has also been brandished with throughout his career, but his win was certainly a nice way to answer his critics.
Sergio Garcia was the first to join Fowler at 12-under par after making birdie at the 17th, he holed a great long putt at the tough par-3 to put the pressure on but he could not take the outright lead at the last.
Ben Martin also made a birdie on the tough 17th to join Fowler and Garcia but a poor tee shot at 18 meant he was forced to play back onto the fairway and could only manage a closing bogey to drop out of contention.
Kevin Kisner had the chance to take the title but could not convert his 10ft put at the 18th, he made a great birdie at 17 which forced the 3 man playoff with Fowler and Garcia. Fowler was expecting the playoff and had spent some time on the range with his caddy. I'm sure the tag of 'overrated' will have been playing on his mind as he began the playoff!
Garcia was the fist to falter in the 3 hole playoff, the Spaniard made a par at 17 whilst his competitors made birdie and a disappointing bogie at the 18th. This left Kisner and Fowler to battle it out for the title. It was only right that the players should head to the famous 17th for a sudden death playoff, Fowler hit a great tee shot close to the flag and Kisner could only watch as Fowler holed the birdie putt to become the Players champion.
Rickie Fowler has overcome being rated by his peers as the most 'overrated' player at the start of the week to winning his first big title, many see the players as the 5th major and I'm sure Fowler will be aiming to seal his first major victory soon.
World No1 Rory McIlroy failed to make an impression this week, he finished in a tie for 8th which is not bad to say he didn't show his best form. He struggled on the greens, something which always seems to decide how he performs lately.
Defending champion Martin Kaymer had a poor final day and could only manage a four over par 76, which saw him tied for 56th.
Tiger Woods has showed some inconsistent form this week, he has made a lot of birdies this week but far too many dropped shots!